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Tilsner Artists' Cooperative

A Victorian Survivor in Lowertown

300 Broadway Avenue St. Paul, MN, 55101

Overview

When Artspace first saw the Tilsner Warehouse, it had neither windows nor a roof, and parts of its upper two floors were too decayed to bear human weight. Although it was a prime candidate for the wrecking ball, it was also a striking example of Victorian Romanesque architecture in a National Register Historic District-- so the City of Saint Paul asked Artspace to save it. In a $7.1 million overhaul, Artspace transformed this 1895 relic into a thriving community of 66 artists and their families—now part of a Lowertown neighborhood that didn’t exist three decades ago but ranks today as one of Saint Paul’s most desirable places to live.

City of Saint Paul; Family Housing Fund of Minneapolis & Saint Paul Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation; Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; Minnesota State Housing Preservation Office; National Equity Fund; Saint Paul Historic Preservation Commission; Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority; Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development; U.S. Bancorp; Bush Foundation; City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program; Local Initiatives Support Corporation; The McKnight Foundation; Northwest Area Foundation; Saint Paul Companies; and The Saint Paul Foundation

1993

Architect:

Miller Dunwiddie Architecture

Development Partner:

Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation

Development Cost:

$7.1 million

Square Feet:

128,223 

Units:

66